June 8, 2023

Emotional Opposites

What is the opposite of love? Most of you are probably saying “Hate”, but you’re wrong.

The opposite of love is indifference – not giving a damn about the person either way. If I love you, I care. If I hate you, I care. If I’m indifferent, I don’t give a shit.

See love and hate are 2 sides of the same coin, but they’re not opposites. Either way you’re still obsessively thinking about the person.

In fact, if we measure your brain activity and body chemicals etc during times when you’re feeling love and hate they’ll be identical.

Chemically, love and hate are the same.

So what’s the opposite of happiness? You can probably gather that sadness is wrong, and you’re right. Happy and Sad are just like Love and Hate.

The opposite of happiness is boredom. Think about what would make you happy. Many of you might say something like winning the lottery, or having lots of money.

But is the money what makes you happy? Or is it the ability to have free time to do what you want when you want? I’ll bet a lot of it has to do with quitting that boring job of yours.

It’s just an interesting thought I came across today while reading some books. What do you think?

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